|Hon. Samba Jallow, NRP|
The Minority Leader's contention is that the mining sector generates revenue and yet there is nowhere in the budget that reflects this fact.
The Assembly Member also raised other issues, including salary increase for cabinet ministers and questions about the agriculture sector which he feels has been neglected by the regime of Yaya Jammeh.
In response to the Assembly Member's question, the Finance Minister denied that there has been salary increases for cabinet ministers. He also assured the National Assembly that the "government through the Gambia Groundnut Corporation (GGC) provided adequate funding for the purchase of farmer's nuts" without being specific about the year he's referencing. It must also be noted that GGC is now part of a new entity named National Food Security Processing and Marketing Corporation.
However, the Minister of Finance failed to respond to the Minority Leader's primary concern about the omission of mining sector in the budget proposal. Failure to address the Assembly Member's concern about the mining sector suggests that the minister is concealing something from the Gambian people. We are, therefore, rephrasing Hon. Samba Jallow's question : Who owns the assets of Carnegie Minerals (Gambia) Ltd., who is benefiting and why it is not featured in the 2016 Draft Budget Estimates.